Academic Programs Catalog

College of Arts and Letters

Interdepartmental and Interdisciplinary Programs

Minor in African American and African Studies

The Minor in African American and African Studies, administered by the College of Arts and Letters, provides students with an interdisciplinary study of the historical and contemporary lived experiences of African descendants in the United States and elsewhere in the African Diaspora, as well as continental African nations and peoples.

The minor is available to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University. The minor is divided into two tracks – the Social Science Track (15 credits) and the Humanities Track (18 credits).

For students pursuing the Humanities track and with the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, 6 of the 18 credits in courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree. The 12-credit core curriculum requirement comprised of AAAS 100, 300, 390, and 495 are unique credits that may not be used to satisfy a university, college, or major requirement for the student’s bachelor’s degree program.

For students pursuing the Social Science track, the 6-credit core curriculum comprised of AAAS 100 and 300 are unique credits that may not be used to satisfy a university, college, or major requirement for the student’s bachelor’s degree program.

Requirements for the Minor in African American and African Studies  

Social Science Track
1. Both of the following courses (6 credits):
AAAS 100 Race and Community in Local to Global Perspective 3
AAAS 300 Survey in Africana Studies 3
2. Complete a minimum of 3 courses from the following with at least one course from Arts and Humanities and one course from the Social Sciences (9 credits):
Arts and Humanities
AAAS 390 Special Topics in Black/Africana Studies 3
ENG 350 Readings in African, African-American, and African Diaspora Literature 3
ENG 450 Seminar in African American Literature 3
PHL 350 Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy 3
Social Sciences
ANP 330 Race, Ethnicity, and Nation: Anthropological Approaches to Collective Identity 3
GEO 418 The Ghetto 3
HST 208 Introduction to African History, Culture and Society 4
HST 310 African American History to 1876 3
HST 311 African American History since 1876 3
HST 312 African American Women 3
HST 364 South Africa: From Shaka Zulu to Mandela 3
HST 383 The Caribbean 3
PLS 304 Minority Politics 3
PLS 351 African Politics 3
SOC 214 Social Inequality 3
SOC 375 Urban Sociology 3
Humanities Track
1. All of the following courses (12 credits):
AAAS 100 Race and Community in Local to Global Perspective 3
AAAS 300 Survey in Africana Studies 3
AAAS 390 Special Topics in Black/Africana Studies 3
AAAS 495 Advanced Research in African American and African Studies 3
2. Complete a minimum of 6 credits from the following:
ENG 350 Readings in African, African-American, and African Diaspora Literature 3
ENG 450 Seminar in African American Literature 3
HST 208 Introduction to African History, Culture and Society 4
HST 310 African American History to 1876 3
HST 311 African American History since 1876 3
HST 312 African American Women 3
HST 364 South Africa: From Shaka Zulu to Mandela 3
HST 383 The Caribbean 3
MC 324B Regional Politics, Cooperation, and Conflict in Sub Saharan Africa 4
MC 372 Comparative Black Political Thought 4
MC 383 African American Politics 4
Other courses from the Social Science Track may be used to fulfill this requirement.